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2015 Jay Cutler Desert Classic Results

2015 Jay Cutler Desert Classic

April 4  
Palms Hotel & Casino,
Las Vegas, NV United States
Organizer: Dana Ross, Rami Bruyninga & Jay Cutler
Phone: 702-285-1921
Website: www.jaycutlerdesertclassic.com
Event: NPC

Following are the top overall winners for each of the events:

2015 NPC Jay Cutler Desert Classic Contest Photoshttp://tinyurl.com/qelb9chFrank Sepe NPC News Online Around The NPC & IFBB with JM Manion #NPCNEWS

Posted by NPC News Online on Friday, April 10, 2015

MEN'S BODYBUILDING
Super Heavyweight
1. Justin Teal
2. John Zinsmeister

Heavyweight
1. Alberto Arroyo
2. Stephen Bogey
3. Zak Pallikaros
4. Dave Bourlet
5. Kyle Ugaitafa
6. Joe Finateri

Video - Open Men Bodybuilding Overall at 2015 Jay Cutler Desert Classic

Light Heavyweight
1. Adrian Martin
2. William Conn
3. Ivan Massillon
4. Cliff Orr
5. TC Toler

Middleweight
1. Nicholas Austin
2. Kyle Cowger
3. Chris Kato
4. Raul Melendez
5. Anthony Arguelles

Welterweight
1. Nathan Coffee
2. Nick Washington
3. Zachary Hawthorne

Lightweight
1. Kevin Vuong
2. Brayden Keawe
3. Richard Morales
4. Christian Claudio

Novice Heavyweight
1. TC Toler
2. Scott Vannostrand
3. Oscar Gatez
4. Matthew Parry
5. Joe Finateri

Novice Lightweight
1. Nathan Coffee
2. Christian Claudio
3. Gilbert Rios

Novice Middleweight
1. Bobby Vasquez
2. Chris Kato
3. Anthony Arguelles
4. Michael Mazur

Wheelchair
1. Sam Jolley

Bantamweight
1. Gilbert Rios
2. Lawrence Stevens
3. Marco Angioni

Masters Over 40
1. William Conn
2. Zak Pallikaros
3. Scott Vannostrand
4. Oscar Gatez
5. Jason Nydam

Masters Over 50
1. Ivan Massillon
2. Tim Harvey
3. Williams Roberts
4. Mike Felling
   
FIGURE
Class A
1. Tessa Mick
2. Lori Cruz
3. Gretel Trejo
4. Linda Casaus

Class B
1. Juana Zazada
2. Alex Nelson
3. Kelly Hanson
4. Raymie Shoemaker
5. Arlin Mossholder

Class C
1. Carla Johnson
2. Jeanine Taddeo
3. Linzie Clawson
4. Marla Kirby
5. Poppy Reid

Class D
1. Michelle Finn-LaBree
2. Terri-Ann Carlman
3. Jolie Holschen
4. Melanie Lloyd
5. Alicia Luszcyk

Novice Class A
1. Sophia Drysdale
2. Linda Casaus
3. Gretel Trejo

Novice Class B
1. Linzie Clawson
2. Andrea Leipert
3. Rhianna Gonzalez
4. Jessica Close
5. Lisa St. Martin

Masters Over 35
1. Carla Johnson
2. Marla Kirby
3. Sophia Drysdale
4. Lori Cruz
5. Melanie Lloyd

Masters Over 40
1. Michelle Finn-LaBree
2. Terri-Ann Carlman
3. Arlin Mossholder
4. Lisa St. Martin
5. Dana Hope Arcana
   
BIKINI
Class A
1. Jacqui Beyer
2. Donna Canaria
3. Luna Beasley
4. Ana Ramirez
5. Sara Chavana

Class B
1. Habileny Sanchez
2. Karen Lozano
3. Corrina Larson
4. Amanda Barton
5. Erica Valdes

Class C
1. Ja Elam
2. Andrea Sandici
3. Samantha Villagomez
4. Kiana Lee
5. Alexi Irvine

Class D
1. Kerryne Brown
2. Renee Nelson
3. Lynndsey Miller
4. Sabrina Kearns
5. Ashley Edwards

Class E
1. Samantha Grimes
2. Mary Bungay
3. Lindsey Weigand
4. Tiffany Filbert
5. Cherlyn Jarvis

Class F
1. Elizabeth Martinez
2. Anjanette Lowe
3. Raven Williams
4. Tania Plasencia
5. Carrie Clotworthy

Grandmaster
1. Anjanette Lowe
2. Sophia Melgoza Maffioli
3. Jeni Evensen
4. Victoria Gusto
5. Robin Payton

Novice Class A
1. Jacqui Beyer
2. Andrea Sandici
3. Tenik Pritchard
4. Habileny Sanchez
5. Donna Canaria

Novice Class B
1. Lindsey Weigand
2. Mary Bungay
3. Dallas Sainsbury
4. Karly Jo Buchanan
5. Cherlyn Jarvis

Masters
1. Ja Elam
2. Kerryne Brown
3. Kiana Lee
4. Renee Nelson
5. Jeni Evensen

MEN'S PHYSIQUE
Class A
1. Tait Johnson
2. Larry Naw
3. Chris Henderson
4. Benjamin Chimoski
5. Deric Clawson

Class B
1. Daniel Robinson
2. Kyle St. Vincent
3. Jay Casagrande
4. Bobby Vasquez
5. Mark Gederos

Class C
1. Jonathan Ortega
2. Willie Garrett
3. Fabio Toscano
4. Tony Toscano
5. David Cantu

Class D
1. Jonathan Hendel
2. Vlatemir DeSouza
3. Ryan Benavente
4. Sean Epps
5. Frankie Gamez

Class E
1. Anthony Kurup
2. Anthony Marinello
3. Joe Daily

Class F
1. Joshua Self
2. James Rossi
3. Luke Matthews
4. Jasen Johnson
5. Tyler Walter

Novice Class A
1. Tait Johnson
2. Deric Clawson
3. Michael Busio
4. Manny Rivera
5. Gustavo Ruiz-Davis

Novice Class B
1. Vlatemir DeSouza
2. Frankie Gamez
3. Sean Epps
4. Abdulaziz Al-ka'ak
5. Michael Quagge

Masters Over 35
1. Jonathan Ortega
2. Fabio Toscano
3. Tony Toscano
4. David Cantu
5. Andrew Hecker

Masters Over 40
1. Willie Garrett
2. Larry Crawford
3. Bill Schoonmaker
4. Gregory Weber
5. James Girard
   
WOMEN'S BODYBUILDING
1. Morgan Martin-Jarred
2. Brigit Norris

FITNESS
Jeanine Taddeo
Raymie Shoemaker

   
WOMEN'S PHYSIQUE
Class A
1. Teresa Cross
2. Nicole Mosselli
3. Cameo Kayser
4. Dawn Borjas
5. Brigit Norris

Class B
1. Destinee Silva
2. Amy Luu
3. Morgan Martin-Jarred
4. Tania Lewis

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 Jay Cutler Desert Classic contest. For the the full NPC results/scores visit: http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2015/npc_jay_cutler_desert_classic/

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Pull-Ups Exercise Videos and Tips

Awesome Pull-Ups Exercise Videos and Tips

When it comes to upper body development, pull-ups can be very effective. However, pull-ups are oftentimes an overlooked exercise. As we mentioned in the Bodyweight Training Videos and Tips blog post, pull-ups are one of the three fundamental bodyweight training exercises that build muscle and strength. They are known to develop upper body muscles, including biceps, triceps, lats, traps and abs.

Whether you're a bodybuilder, fitness trainer or just want a great workout, pull-ups should be an integral part of your strength training regimen. They're ideal to warm up and cool down for upper-body sessions, and are a great way to add variety to your workout routine. In addition, you can easily increase the difficulty by performing weighted pull-ups by adding a weight belt around your waist, wearing a weight vest, or holding a dumbbell between your ankles or knees.

We've gathered a few videos about pull-ups for you, including one that shows the difference between chin-ups and pull-ups and another that shows common mistakes. Plus, we found a video that talks about the recent Guinness World Record holder for pull-ups. We've also created a dedicated Pinterest board with Pull-Ups Tips and Videos.

What’s the Difference Between Pull-Ups and Chin-Ups?

Get the lowdown on the major distinctions between a pull-up, chin-up and neutral-grip pull-up. They all concentrate on the biceps, lats, traps, brachialis and posterior delts. You’ll find that the pecs and traps are activated first, followed by the biceps and lats. However, it’s all in where the emphasis is. For example, when we look at the overhand pull-up, we notice that it is easier on the wrists and elbows, while focusing on the forearm flexors, brachialis, brachioradialis and lower traps. Now, when it comes to the neutral chin-up or neutral pull-up, the palms are facing each other, and there is more emphasis on the rhomboid and lats. Whereas the underhand grip chin-up focuses on the biceps and lats more than a neutral pull-up, while also targeting the teres major, posterior delt, rhomboids and lower traps. For more information, check out this video:

How to Avoid Common Mistakes When Doing Pull-ups

While pull-ups are an excellent indication of overall strength and a great exercise to build back muscles, there are five common mistakes people make when doing them. One of the Buff Dudes take us through the most frequent faux pas to help you avoid making them when performing this exercise. In the video, they discuss these five common pull-ups exercise mistakes:

1. Using Your Momentum
2. Elbows in Wrong Position
3. Not Pulling Your Shoulders Down and Back
4. Not Performing Full Range of Motion
5. Not Being Able to Complete a Pull-Up

Breaking the Guinness World Record for Pull-Ups

How many pull-ups can you do in a 24-hour period? When 54-year-old Mark Jordan from Corpus Christi, Texas answers this question, he breaks records. He spent a year preparing for this moment. Not only did he work out and practice, but he also focused on a solid strategy. In November of 2014, Mark was put to the test for a chance to break the Guinness World Record and succeeded by accomplishing a total of 4,321 pull-ups in 24 hours. In March of 2015, Guinness World Records confirmed that Mark Jordan holds the record for Most Pull-ups in 24 hours. Check out his achievement with this video report from USA Today.

Pinterest Board for Pull-ups!

Take a look at the numerous exercise videos and tips on our special HGH.com Pinterest board focusing on pull-ups.

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2015 IFBB Arnold Classic Australia Winners

2015 Arnold Classic Australia Results

Arnold Classic Australia
March 13 - 15    
Unnamed Venue,
Memphis, 38138
ORGANIZER: Tony Doherty
PHONE: 613-9388-0866
Event - IFBB

Following are the top winners for each of the events:

PRO MENS BODYBUILDING
1. Dexter Jackson - USA
2. Branch Warren - USA
3. Justin Compton - USA
4. Evan Centopani - USA
5. Brandon Curry - USA
6. Roelly Winklaar - Curacao
7. Ben Pakulski - Canada

         

Dexter Jackson - USA
Pro Men's Bodybuilding (1st)
Branch Warren - USA
Pro Men's Bodybuilding (2nd)

 

PRO WOMENS BIKINI
1. Janet Layug - USA
2. Ashley Kaltwasser - USA
3. India Paulino - USA
4. Stephanie Mahoe - USA
5. Narmin Assria - USA
6. Summer Bernard - Australia
7. Pollianna Moss - USA
8. Sheena Anderton - New Zealand
9. Barbie Heng - Australia
10. Jade Mackinnon - New Zealand

           

Janet Layug - USA
Pro Bikini (1st)
Ashley Kaltwasser - USA
Pro Bikini (2nd)

 

PRO WOMEN'S FIGURE
1. Camala Rodriquez McClure - USA
2. Candice Keene - USA
3. Candice Lewis - USA
4. Gennifer Strobo - USA
5. Latorya Watts - USA
6. Dana Ambrose - USA
7. Heather Dees - USA
8. Myra Rogers - New Zealand
9. Amanda Doherty - Australia
10. Larissa Reis - USA

          

Camala Rodriquez McClure - USA
Pro Figure (1st)
Candice Keene - USA
Pro Figure (2nd)

 

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 IFBB Arnold Classic Australia. Official Final Results Scorecard - http://npcnewsonline.com/2015-arnold-classic-australia-official-results/181581/. To see all results and photos visit - http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2015/arnold_sports_festival/

Be sure to visit the HGH.com blog regularly for the results of other upcoming bodybuilding and fitness competitions.




Overall Winners of the 2015 Gold Coast Muscle Classic

2015 NPC Gold Coast Muscle Classic held on February 14       
Veterans Auditorium,
4117 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230 United States
Organizer: Jon Lindsay
Website: www.musclecontest.com   

Unlimited Men's Bodybuilding Winners

1. Siavash Fashi - 1st Unlimited Bodybuilding Middleweight (1st Overall)
2. Jai Johnson -1st Unlimited Bodybuilding Heavyweight (2nd Overall)
3. Nate Liebermann -1st Place Unlimited Bodybuilding Lightweight (3rd Overall)

Masters Bikini 35+ Overall Winners

1. Janelle Farnsworth - 1st Masters Bikini 35+ B (1st Overall)
2. Heather Mcallister - 1st Masters Bikini 35+ C (2nd Overall)
3. Jackie Peacock - 1st Masters Bikini 35+ A (3rd Overall)

Novice Bikini Overall Winners

1. Savannah Crayon - 1st Novice Bikini B over 5'4" to 5'6" (1st Overall)
2. Alex Frias - 1st Novice Bikini A up to 5'4" (2nd Overall)
3. Joy Snider - 1st Novice Bikini C over 5'6" (3rd Overall)

Open Bikini Overall Winners

 1. Alexandria Babbitt - 1st Open Bikini C over 5'2.5" to 5'4 (1st Overall Bikini Winner)
 - Adrienne Ochoa - 1st Open Bikini A up to 5'1"
 - Alexis Frias - 1st Open Bikini B over 5'1" to 5'2.5"
 - Savannah Crayon - 1st Open Bikini D over 5'4" to 5'5.5
 - Heather Mcallister - 1st Open Bikini E over 5'5.5" to 5'7"
 - Alice Carter - 1st Open Bikini F over 5'7"

Woman's Physique Overall Winners

1. Tanya Mah - 1st Womans Physique A (1st Overall Winner)
2. Katie Foster - 1st Womans Physique B (2nd Overall Winner)

Novice Men's Physique Overall Winners

1. Roman Miranda - 1st Novice Mens Physique B (1st Overall)
2. Jacob Kamine - 1st Novice Mens Physique A (2nd Overall)
3. Michael Bruggink - 1st Novice Mens Physique C (3rd Overall

Unlimited Men's Physique Overall Winners

1. Jason Churan - 1st Mens Physique E (1st Overall Winner)
2. Ronald Thoompson - 1st Mens Physique F (2nd Overall Winner)
3. Gilberto Ramirez - 1st Mens Physique D (3rd Overall Winner)
4. Levi Wohl - 1st Mens Physique B (4th Overall Winner)
5. Charles Giron - 1st Mens Physique C (5th Overall Winner)
6. Jacob Kamine - 1st Mens Physique A (6th Overall Winner)

Unlimited Figure Overall Winners

1. Betzy Baldger - 1st Unlimited Figure B (1st Overall Winner)
2. Christine Ajisafe - 1st Unlimited Figure D (2nd Overall Winner)
3. Jessica Piraro - 1st Unlimited Figure A (3rd Overall Winner)
4. Dakeisha Glenn - 1st Unlimited Figure C (4th Overall Winner)

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 NPC Gold Coast Muscle Classic. For the complete list of results, visit http://lindsayproductions.com/results.html.

Be sure to visit the HGH.com blog regularly for the results of other upcoming bodybuilding and fitness competitions.
- See more at: http://www.hgh.com/blogger/.

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 NPC Legends Classic. For the complete list of results, visit http://lindsayproductions.com/results.html. To view more photos visit http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2015/npc_legends_classic.

Be sure to visit the HGH.com blog regularly for the results of other upcoming bodybuilding and fitness competitions.

- See more at: http://www.hgh.com/blogger/#sthash.WmsnoBjV.dpuf

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 NPC Legends Classic. For the complete list of results, visit http://lindsayproductions.com/results.html. To view more photos visit http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2015/npc_legends_classic.

Be sure to visit the HGH.com blog regularly for the results of other upcoming bodybuilding and fitness competitions.

- See more at: http://www.hgh.com/blogger/#sthash.WmsnoBjV.dpuf

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2015 NPC Legends Classic. For the complete list of results, visit http://lindsayproductions.com/results.html. To view more photos visit http://contests.npcnewsonline.com/contests/2015/npc_legends_classic.

Be sure to visit the HGH.com blog regularly for the results of other upcoming bodybuilding and fitness competitions.

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2014 Ferrigno Legacy Results: Top 5 Winners in IFBB Pro Bodybuilding, Physique and Bikini Contests

Meet the Winners of the 2014 Ferrigno Legacy, Held in Santa Barbara, California, November 28-29, 2014

While most of America was recovering from Thanksgiving indulgences over the past weekend, dozens of bodybuilding and fitness pros – and many more amateur bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts – showed off their impressive physiques at the first annual Ferrigno Legacy in Santa Barbara, California.

The 2014 IFBB Ferrigno Legacy Pro event was held on Friday, November 28, and featured four competitions: bodybuilding, men’s physique, women’s physique and bikini. The 2014 NPC Ferrigno Legacy amateur competitions took place on Saturday, November 29, and consisted of more than 40 contests, including bodybuilding, figure, physique and bikini events in multiple classes and levels.

Reporter Tracy Lehr spotlights the inaugural Ferrigno Legacy event and interviews founder Lou Ferrigno for local news stations KEYT, KCOY and KKFX.

In addition to the physique, bikini and bodybuilding competitions, the 2014 Ferrigno Legacy featured a red-carpet event on Friday evening and a “Meet the Legends Q&A” on Saturday afternoon. Both were headlined by founder Lou Ferrigno and included numerous celebrities and bodybuilding legends.

Following are the top 5 winners for each of the 2014 IFBB Ferrigno Legacy Pro events:

2014 Ferrigno Legacy IFBB Pro Men’s Bodybuilding Champions
1. Ronny Rockel, Germany
2. Brad Rowe, Los Angeles, CA
3. Robert Piotrkowicz, Poland
4. Marius Dohne, South Africa
5. Omar Deckard, Los Angeles, CA

Ronny Rockel
Bodybuilding (1st)
Robert Piotrkowicz
Bodybuilding (3rd)

 

2014 Ferrigno Legacy IFBB Pro Men’s Physique Champions
1. Andre Adams, Kenosha, WI
2. John Nguyen, San Jose, CA
3. James Hurst, San Jose, CA
4. Frank Griffin, Philadelphia, PA
5. Damir Delic, Boise, ID

Andre Adams
Physique (1st)
John Nguyen
Physique (2rd)

 

2014 Ferrigno Legacy IFBB Pro Women’s Physique Champions
1. Jamie Postill, Alberta, Canada
2. Candrea Judd Adams, Jonesboro, GA
3. Leona Paula Muttoni, Brazil
4. Jane Santos, Harrison, NY
5. Marlene Koekemoer, South Africa

Jamie Postill
Physique (1st)
Candrea Judd-Adams
Physique (2nd)

 

2014 Ferrigno Legacy IFBB Pro Bikini Champions
1. Sarah LeBlanc, Houma, LA
2. Jade Carroll, Destin, FL
3. Lindsey Waters, Miami Beach, FL
4. Tatiana Koshman, Spring, TX
5. Breena Martinez, Concord, CA

Sarah LeBlanc
Bikini (1st)
Jade Carroll
Bikini (2nd)

See all photos here, taken by Ron Avidan

For the complete list of 2014 IFBB Ferrigno Legacy Pro rankings, visit http://contest.bodybuilding.com/results/28841. The 2014 NPC Ferrigno Legacy amateur rankings have not yet been posted online, but stay tuned and we’ll add a link here when those results are published.

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2014 IFBB/NPC Ferrigno Legacy – your dedication and impressive form over the holiday weekend are certainly an inspiration to others!

Be sure to visit the HGH.com blog regularly for the results of other upcoming bodybuilding and fitness competitions.




November 2014 Tips from IFBB Pros Presented by HGH.com

HGH.com Presents IFBB Pros & Tips: November 2014 Edition

Get some quick tips and sage advice from some of the most incredible IFBB professionals. For the October 2014 edition of HGH.com’s Tips from IFBB Pros, we bring out the big guns with a quick tip from Steve Kuclo, as well as interviews with the world’s top IFBB bikini and fitness models. Plus, we get to see what life is like for IFBB Pro Karina Nascimento and we’ve added some awesome pins to our dedicated IFBB Pros & Tips Pinterest board to inspire and motivate you.

IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo’s Quick Tip

What’s the correct technique for doing a seated rear delt lateral raise? IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo provides demonstration for completing this bodybuilding rear delt exercise. As one of the main muscle groups that really pops when you’re on stage at a bodybuilding competition, the rear delts can also be well built by doing rear delt lateral raise. All you need is a couple of dumbbells, a flat bench and Steve Kuclo's know-how. Steve also shares whether you should use low, medium or high weight for the best results.

Advice from the World’s Top IFBB Bikini and Fitness Models

Let’s hear the top tips from the world’s best bikini and fitness models. They claim that, "anyone can do it!" When it comes to training, nutrition, taking the proper supplements, and having a personal trainer that cares about your health, consistency is key to get the most incredible results. Remember, it's not just a physical challenge, but it's a mental challenge as well. These IFBB leading ladies also share insight regarding setting goals, staying healthy and fit, and how to prepare for competition.

What's Life Like for IFBB Pro Karina Nascimento

Spend the day with IFBB Pro Karina Nascimento. From a radio show to working out to a photo shoot and more, we get to see how Karina spends her time two days before the New York Pro. Plus, check out what she’s eating and take a look at Karina on stage for the competition. Will she cave for what she craves?

More IFBB Pros & Tips on Pinterest

We’ve added more tips and tricks from the IFBB Pros on Pinterest. Make sure to take a look at this totally awesome Pinterest board filled with inspiration, perspiration and nutrition-related pins from IFBB pros. Stop back by often as we'll continue to update this board.

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2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic was a Big Success and Entertaining

IFBB pro and HGH.com sponsored athlete Richard “Tricky” Jackson shared a few comments and personal photos from "NPC Weekend Classic in Lexington, Kentucky" held earlier this month.

Congratulations to the participants and winners! You can find a full list of the top contestants and winners of the 2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Championship at http://www.hgh.com/blogger/post/winners-of-2014-npc-tricky-jackson-classic-championships.

“The 2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic was a huge success,” reported Tricky. “Our guest poser, Jose Raymond, was very well-received by the fans in Kentucky; my sons and I had a blast during our dance battle/pose-down; and all of the athletes gave amazing performances. After 17 years, I’m proud to say the show continues to get better every year.”

 

 

Me and my sons posing down at the 2014 NPC TJC.

A photo posted by Tricky Jackson (@trickyifbbpro) on Oct 10, 2014 at 6:44am PDT

 

Tricky also expressed gratitude to the event’s sponsors: “We’re fortunate to have an outstanding group of sponsors, including Bell Plantation, Nebbia, TONIcise Inc. and Musclehead Graphics. And I’d like to give a special shout out to our feature sponsors – Liquid Sun Rayz, who provided oil for all of the competitors, and HGH.com, who provided samples of their health and bodybuilding supplements to all of the participating athletes. Their support helped make this year’s event our best one yet.”

 

 

Team tricky in the house.

A photo posted by Tricky Jackson (@trickyifbbpro) on Oct 10, 2014 at 7:37am PDT

 

 




2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Championships Takes Place This Weekend on October 11

2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Championships Will Bring Top Bodybuilders and Fitness Enthusiasts to Kentucky on October 11 for National Qualifier

Top athletes will converge on Lexington, Kentucky, this weekend to participate in the 2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Championships, which take place Saturday, October 11, at The Thoroughbred Center. The NPC-sanctioned national qualifying event will feature bodybuilding, physique, figure and bikini contests. Prejudging kicks off at 11 a.m., while the finals will take place at 7 p.m.

The annual event was founded by award-winning IFBB pro Richard “Tricky” Jackson and is entering its 17th year. Tricky has long been an HGH.com-sponsored athlete and a champion of our natural HGH releasers and bodybuilding supplements, which is why we were proud to sign on as a co-sponsor of these championships.

The NPC Tricky Jackson Classic event will feature “lots of athletes, lots of surprises and, most of all, lots of fun.” Renowned bodybuilder Jose Raymond – who recently took 3rd place in the 2014 Olympia 212 Showdown and 2nd place at the 2014 IFBB Korea Grand Prix – will take part as a headlining guest poser. Tricky plans to add to the fun by doing a special posing routine with his kids, Porsha, Trey, Reese and Rashawn.

In the run-up to the event, Tricky and Toni Wheeler of TONIcise hosted a posing and preparation clinic at The Factory in Louisville on September 27. For those who missed it, the duo will be running additional pose-down clinics in the near future.

Interested in attending the 2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Championships? Tickets are $20 per person for the prejudging events, while finals are $30 for general admission and $40 reserved. Competitors and fans are also invited to attend an after-party at the host hotel, the Ramada Inn, with food provided and an available cash bar. Registered athletes receive free admission to the after-party; all others pay just $10.

For more information on the upcoming championships, visit the Tricky Jackson Classic Facebook page and see our recent 2014 Tricky Jackson Classic press release. We wish the best of luck to all of the competing athletes – we hope to see you all at the event, whether on stage or in the audience. And be sure to check our blog next week for a recap of the 2014 NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Championships’ top bodybuilding, physique, figure and bikini winners!

HGH.com is proud to support the event and will join sponsors Liquid Sun Rayz, Bell Plantation, Nebbia, TONIcise Inc. and Musclehead Graphics."

 



L-Leucine Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Functions

Discover the Function, Sources and Benefits of the Health Supplement Ingredient L-Leucine or 2-Amino-4-Methylpentanoic Acid

Leucine – also known as L-leucine and by its scientific name, 2-amino-4-methylpentanoic acid – is a branched-chain amino acid (BCAA). Because the human body cannot synthesize this essential amino acid, it must be obtained from food sources such as meat, dairy products and legumes. L-leucine is also available in natural dietary supplements, including health and bodybuilding supplements such as Ana-GH, DBol-GH, Cut and Ripped Plus, Amino Shooter and Chocolate Whey Protein.

Functions of L-Leucine

Branched-chain amino acids like L-leucine stimulate protein synthesis by triggering pancreatic islet cells to release insulin. This protein synthesis primarily takes place in skeletal muscle, but also occurs to a lesser extent in the liver and adipose (fat) tissue. It is believed that L-leucine may help prevent or reduce muscle damage, enhance anabolic muscle signaling, lower blood-glucose levels and avoid faulty message transmission in the brain cells of people with certain diseases. It may also decrease serotonin production by blocking tryptophan transport to the brain, thereby reducing feelings of drowsiness and fatigue.

Sources of L-Leucine

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), common dietary sources of L-leucine include beef, pork, fish, chicken, turkey, eggs, cheese and milk. Legumes are another good source – particularly beans, soy and peanuts – as are nuts and seeds (such as almonds and sunflower seeds) and grains (like wheat germ, oats, corn and rice). L-leucine may also be consumed directly as part of a natural dietary supplement.

Leucine Benefits and Uses

Because of L-leucine’s role in protein synthesis, it is often used in health and bodybuilding supplements that are designed to build muscle strength, increase exercise endurance, reduce muscle breakdown and promote muscle recovery. Its ability to inhibit serotonin production means that L-leucine may help prevent or delay fatigue during exercise. L-leucine has also been shown to stimulate the appetite – making it useful for athletes looking to gain mass and weight.

In addition, L-leucine appears to benefit individuals with specific medical conditions. For example, it may help to lower blood-glucose levels in diabetics, and it can improve the health and nutrition of patients experiencing loss of appetite due to hemodialysis, cancer treatments or anorexia. L-leucine has also been shown to diminish symptoms in manic patients, reduce involuntary movements in individuals with tardive dyskinesia, and improve muscle control and brain function in patients with advanced liver disease, including various forms of hepatic encephalopathy.

Side Effects of L-Leucine and Potential Interactions

L-leucine is generally considered safe when taken in normal doses, such as those found in food and most dietary supplements. However, excessive amounts can result in hypoglycemia or vitamin B3 and B6 deficiencies. Users are advised to adhere to supplement dosing information and avoid consuming more than 39 grams of L-leucine per day.

Few L-leucine side effects have been recorded, though some users have reported experiencing fatigue or decreased motor coordination. Individuals with certain medical conditions – including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease), isovaleric acidemia, branched-chain ketoaciduria (maple syrup urine disease) and chronic alcoholism – should avoid L-leucine, as it can pose health risks in these patients. In terms of L-leucine interactions, it appears to decrease the effectiveness of levodopa. Conversely, it can have an additive effect when taken with diabetes medication, potentially resulting in hypoglycemia. Other medications – such as Diazoxide and corticosteroids – can decrease the effects of L-leucine on protein, while thyroid hormone medication can cause the body to break down L-leucine more slowly.

More detailed safety information on L-leucine side effects and interactions can be found on WebMD. As with any medication or health supplement, it is best to consult your physician before taking dietary supplements containing L-leucine.

L-Leucine Research and Studies

Scientists have researched L-leucine and other BCAAs to determine their benefits and practical uses, and numerous studies have indicated a positive effect on muscle strength, exercise endurance and muscle recovery. An article published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology reported that outrigger canoeists using leucine supplements displayed significantly improved endurance performance and upper-body power. In Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, researchers noted that well-trained male cyclists who took a leucine-protein supplement after intense training subsequently exhibited improved high-intensity endurance performance and lower perceived levels of tiredness. And according to the Journal of Sports Science & Medicine, resistance-trained males who consumed an energy drink with leucine (and other key ingredients) prior to their workout demonstrated a significant increase in the number of repetitions successfully performed.

Other studies examined the impact of L-leucine on protein synthesis. Research findings published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicated that increasing the concentration of leucine in an essential amino acid supplement consumed during steady-state exercise resulted in a greater muscle protein synthesis response during recovery. And in The Journal of Nutrition, researchers determined that insulin and leucine work in synergy, allowing skeletal muscles to coordinate protein synthesis with physiological state and dietary intake.

For additional research related to L-leucine, refer to the PubMed site sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

HGH.com Supplements With L-Leucine
Athletes, bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts who wish to leverage the positive effects of L-leucine can find this essential amino acid in a variety of natural health and bodybuilding supplements from HGH.com:

Ana-GH – Each serving of Ana-GH contains 1.5 grams of L-leucine, which is blended with other branched-chain amino acids and active ingredients. This supplement is designed to jumpstart bulking cycles by promoting weight and mass gains while improving protein synthesis and contributing to joint and muscle repair.

Cut and Ripped Plus – Created to support cutting cycles and contest prep, Cut and Ripped Plus combines L-leucine with other active ingredients to help build muscle, increase strength and burn fat for a competition-ready physique. The capsules also help to boost energy and stamina, minimize pain, promote faster recovery and raise human growth hormone (HGH) levels.

DBol-GH – The proprietary blend of ingredients in DBol-GH includes L-leucine, which helps users to achieve lean mass and muscle growth, and also aids in muscle recovery. DBol-GH’s active ingredients are designed to stack and work together, delivering visible results and increasing HGH production.

Amino Shooter and Creatine Energy – Formulated to mix easily with cold water, Amino Shooter is used during intense workouts to protect and grow muscle. A single serving contains 3 grams of L-leucine, which supports protein synthesis and reduces muscle degradation.

Multi-Pro Chocolate Whey Protein – Each scoop of Multi-Pro Chocolate Whey provides 24 grams of protein and includes 2.16 grams of L-leucine. Fortified with vitamins and minerals, it provides a complete protein supplement for those looking to gain muscle and lose body fat.


References (Function, Sources, Benefits/Uses and Side Effects/Interactions):

Bruno, Gene. “A Primer on Branched Chain Amino Acids”; Smart Supplementation, published by Huntington College of Health Sciences; 2009. <http://www.hchs.edu/literature/BCAA.pdf>

Deuster, Patricia; Maier, Steven; et al. “Protein and Amino Acids Products – Branched Chain Amino Acids: Leucine, Isoleucine, Valine”; Dietary Supplements and Military Divers: A Synopsis for Undersea Medical Officers, published by Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; January 2004. <http://hprc-online.org/dietary-supplements/files/DietarySupplementUMO.pdf>

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. “Leucine”; published under “About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products” within Integrative Medicine area of website; last updated February 21, 2013. <http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/leucine>

USDA Agricultural Research Service. “Leucine” search results in the National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference; accessed July 30, 2014. <http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/nutrients/index>

WebMD and Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. “Branched Chain Amino Acids”; published under “Vitamins & Supplements”; accessed July 30, 2014. <http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1005-BRANCHED-CHAIN+AMINO+ACIDS.aspx?activeIngredientId=1005&activeIngredientName=BRANCHED-CHAIN+AMINO+ACIDS>

Research Sources:

Crowe, Melissa J.; Weatherson, Jarrad N.; and Bowden, Bruce F. “Effects of Dietary Leucine Supplementation on Exercise Performance”; European Journal of Applied Physiology; August 2006. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16265600>

Gonzalez, Adam M.; Walsh, Allyson L.; et al. “Effect of a Pre-Workout Energy Supplement on Acute Multi-Joint Resistance Exercise”; Journal of Sports Science & Medicine; June 2011. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24149870>

Norton, Layne E. and Layman, Donald K. “Branched-Chain Amino Acids in Exercise: Leucine Regulates Translation Initiation of Protein Synthesis in Skeletal Muscle after Exercise”; The Journal of Nutrition; February 2006. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16424142>

Pasiakos, Stefan M.; McClung, Holly L.; et al. “Leucine-Enriched Essential Amino Acid Supplementation During Moderate Steady State Exercise Enhances Postexercise Muscle Protein Synthesis”; The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; September 2011. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21775557>

Thomson, Jasmine S.; Ali, Ajmol; and Rowlands, David S. “Leucine-Protein Supplemented Recovery Feeding Enhances Subsequent Cycling Performance in Well-Trained Men”; Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism; April 2011. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21609286>




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